May 31, 2019

SWEET SUMMER LISTENING: Five FREE Concerts at Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Festival

June 3 to 15, 2019

Toronto, May 31, 2019 … Musicians from around the world join Tafelmusik for five FREE concerts in three different venues including the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, Grace Church-on-the-Hill, and Jeanne Lamon Hall at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre — part of the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Festival, June 3 to 15, 2019. These concerts are presented in conjunction with the 18th annual Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute (TBSI), a top-tier training program led by some of the world's finest musicians in the field of baroque performance practice. Performers include Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, participants of TBSI, and faculty members Elisa Citterio, Music Director; Ivars Taurins, Choir Director; and Jeanne Lamon, Music Director Emerita, among others.

TBSI attracts 100 pre-professional and professional musicians from some 15 different countries to Toronto each year. The training program includes orchestra and choir rehearsals, masterclasses, opera scene study for singers, chamber ensembles, private lessons, lectures and workshops, classes in baroque dance, in addition to concerts by participants and faculty. TBSI is held at the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, where Tafelmusik is the baroque orchestra-in-residence.

“TBSI is unique among summer workshops in that the faculty is drawn from an orchestra and choir, allowing us to share not only our individual expertise with the participants, but also our rich communal experience as one of the world’s leading period-performance ensembles,” says TBSI Artistic Coordinator Charlotte Nediger.

As a major cultural partner in the city of Toronto, Tafelmusik is committed to offering a wide range of concerts in various venues, with programs featuring different types of repertoire and experiences. In addition to mainstage subscription concerts and the five free TBSF offerings, Tafelmusik presents Haus Musik events at The Burdock Music Hall, Close Encounters chamber music concerts at Temerty Theatre, and a fall social for the Annex community at Jeanne Lamon Hall.

Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute is generously supported by BMO, Lynne and James Haight, The McLean Foundation, and University of Toronto, Faculty of Music.


Monday, June 3, 2019 at 8pm
Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre | 427 Bloor Street West

The Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, directed by Elisa Citterio and Ivars Taurins, and with guest artist baritone Peter Harvey.

*General admission. Ticket holders will be admitted first into the hall. Tickets may be reserved online at

Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 12:30pm
Walter Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto | 80 Queen’s Park, Toronto

A casual noon-hour concert of baroque chamber music by TBSI Faculty members

Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 12:30pm
Walter Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto | 80 Queen's Park, Toronto

Featuring the participants in the Viola d'Amore Workshop, led by Thomas Georgi.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 1:00pm
Walter Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto | 80 Queens Park, Toronto

Featuring TBSI participants led by Jeanne Lamon, Elisa Citterio, and Ivars Taurins.

General Admission: Admission to concerts on June 8, 9 & 12 is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open 15 minutes prior to each concert. No tickets are required, advance tickets not available. Seating subject to capacity.

Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 7:30pm
Grace Church on-the-Hill | 300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto

The combined forces of the TBSI Orchestra and Choir, and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir. Directed by Jeanne Lamon and Ivars Taurins. 

**General admission, tickets required. Limited tickets available on June 11, 2019 at 10am. Tickets must be obtained in advance at the Tafelmusik Box Office (427 Bloor Street West). A very limited number of tickets will be made available online. Maximum 2 tickets per person.


Led by Music Director Elisa Citterio, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra is one of the world’s leading period ensembles and Canada’s most-toured orchestra. Tafelmusik engages Toronto audiences with an annual season of more than 80 concerts in diverse venues across the city, as well as national and international audiences through an extensive schedule of tours and critically acclaimed recordings. The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, under the direction of Ivars Taurins, was formed in 1981 to complement the Orchestra. Tafelmusik also seeks to transport audiences to the baroque and classical periods through adventurous cross-cultural collaborations, on stage with Toronto's Opera Atelier, and underground at its Haus Musik series. The orchestra’s musicians share their knowledge and experience through artist training initiatives such as the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer and Winter Institutes. Tafelmusik's catalogue of award-winning recordings on the SONY, CBC Records, Analekta, and Tafelmusik Media labels have garnered ten JUNO Awards and numerous other recording prizes. Jeanne Lamon continues her association with Tafelmusik as Music Director Emerita.


Tafelmusik wishes to thank the following for their generous support: BMO Financial Group, TD Bank Group, RBC Foundation, Hal Jackman Foundation, KPMG, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life, Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Whitmer Trudel Charitable Foundation, The Estate of Lawrence Ballon, Tom Bogart & Kathy Tamaki, The Pluralism Fund, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Classical 96.3 FM, NOW Magazine, and Wholenote Magazine. Tafelmusik is a proud partner of the Bloor St. Culture Corridor.


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Media contact: Luisa Trisi, Big Picture Communications, (416) 456-0499| 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1X7